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Hardback to Paperback Cover Designs

Thought I would do a post on the cover design differences from hardback to paperback editions. Both the hardbacks and paperbacks displayed here, I feel that I am happy with the design outcomes whatever the changes in cover direction maybe.

Sometimes the paperback is simply a straight forward adapt of the original hardback edition. The Wild Air only has a difference in the quote used.

Other times the paperback is more or less the same design as the original edition but with a few amends. Happiness is a State of Mind paperback has been changed with the overall colours brightened, a coloured background added in and the composition has been centralised.

Similarly, When the Floods Came paperback is an amended design. It has a gradual change from dark blue to a brighter blue background colour and with the additional three quotes means also a change in composition.

In other cases the design of the paperback is completely new and fresh. The Harmless Like You paperback has a photographic and more commercial appeal compared with the delicately illustrated hardback approach.

Another example of this is the Beyond Happiness paperback, again with a photographic and more mass market appeal.

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Bookshop in May 2017

I went books shopping and spotted in the Foyle’s window display These Dividing Walls hardback I designed.

It was also a part of the new titles special promotion display inside the store.

Harmless Like You paperback makes an appearance.

The hardback is also a part of the front of store display.

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Harmless Like You Paperback Edition

I have designed a new cover for the paperback edition of Harmless Like You. I am really pleased with the outcome and the book is an amazing read. In the past 1960s narrative, a Japanese girl has an ambition to be an artist, in the present day narrative her son is dealing with his feelings from his mother’s abandonment. I love how each chapter beginning, beautifully describes a different colour of paint that sets a particular mood. You can read examples of this on my Quotes page.

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Harmless Like You – A List in Picture and Words

I was sent an email with a link to this lovely image below by illustrator Lizzy Stewart. Her interpretation of my Harmless Like You HB cover design is on the top row.

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Harmless Like You: Animated cover

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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan Reads Harmless Like You!

We were lucky enough to have Rowan Hisayo Buchanan come to read Harmless Like You in the office a few weeks ago.

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Plus an added bonus to this, there was a Q&A session with the editor Francine Toon too. It was really interesting to get a further insight into the characters and themes. Also it reminded me just how much I LOVED reading this amazing book all over again!

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It was lovely to have a chat with Rowan and she also signed a copy of my proof.

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Hodder Conference 2016

This year’s conference was 1940s themed. (Hodder publishes Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.)

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Below: Janet Ellis reading her debut novel, The Butcher’s Hook.

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And here is Rowan Hisayo Buchanan narrating her amazing debut novel, Harmless Like You.

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